WATCH: Musical family are top brass

When it comes to blowing their own trumpets the Young family has it licked!

South Shields grandad Gary Young is bursting with pride after his eldest grandson, Elliot Gray, 16, was chosen to join the National Youth Brass Band.

FAMILY TRADITION ... Elliot Gray, right,  has joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. From left, Alfie Gray, Emma Bartch, Adam Bartch, Oliver Bartch, and Gary Young.

FAMILY TRADITION ... Elliot Gray, right, has joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. From left, Alfie Gray, Emma Bartch, Adam Bartch, Oliver Bartch, and Gary Young.

And it is a case of history repeating itself for the family, because 63-year-old Gary was also chosen for the band when he was 16.

Elliot had to undergo a gruelling audition to clinch his place in the band, which is made up of about 100 of the country’s best young brass musicians.

Retired brass instrument teacher Gary, who lives in Bamburgh Avenue, said: “It really is the premiership of bands.

“I am bursting with pride. He used to ask to borrow my band tie, but now he can get one of his own.

“I still have the cuttings from when I appeared in the Gazette when I got my place in the band, so it is bringing back memories.”

Music is in the blood of the family with Gary, his daughter, Emma Bartch, 40, and four grandsons, Elliot and his brother Alfie, nine, who are the sons of Gary’s younger daugher, Eve, and Emma’s sons, Adam, 14, and Oliver, 10, making up their own band, 3G (Three Generations), and have even made a CD.

Emma and Alfie are both cornet players, Elliot and Adam play trombone, Oliver plays the euphonium, and multi-talented Gary can play them all.

The family also all perform with The People’s Mission Band, putting on concerts across South Shields and further afield.

Gary is thrilled that all his grandsons have been keen to follow the family tradition of playing brass instruments.

He said: “They have played since being little, because whenever they came over the instruments were always around and they would just pick them up and start playing with them. Then they started to learn properly.

“We are all very close and whenever we get together as a family the instruments come out and everyone plays some music.”

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